I posted something about The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones ages ago, but I haven’t the faintest idea what it was. I think it had something to do with the color of the cover–some sort of book tag, perhaps?–because I had this image saved and I recognized the cover. Yet, when I went to read the synopsis…I didn’t recall the book. And this is the sort of book you’d remember. Honestly, it’s rather disturbing.
Of course, I’ve added it to my TBR out of a sort of morbid curiosity. From what I can tell after reading a few reviews, this book is actually an important commentary. Still, I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.
Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet. It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember.
Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.
Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her…would he?
In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.
I’ve actually already begun Sadie by Courtney Summers. I imagine this is probably a bad thing since I started it months ago. I loved the first book I read by Summers and so when Sadie was getting talked about all over the place, my immediate thought was that I had to read it. Turns out it was a murder mystery and thus a book I couldn’t bring myself to power through. And sure, maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future. I’m honestly really sad that I didn’t like it so far.
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
Thoughts on either of these books? Let me know in the comments!